#1
i know no-one uses it, but brian mays guitar was part oak, and i have a chance to get some 300 year old oak for my guitar build - its really tempting, but i dont wanna waste my money.

any experience with it? any words of advice? any educated guesses?

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#2
All old wood is great, except plywood.

I say do it - just know that it'll be pretty damn heavy, but pretty sturdy.
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#4
only the fingerboard on the red special was made of oak

edit: and maybe a very small section of the body.
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go for it
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#7
You dont see guitar companies making bodies out of oak. At least I never have. It would definatly be heavy. Dont know about the tone.
#8
oak is super dense and hard... i would think it would be a poor tone wood.
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#10
I've heard that the reason oak isn't usually used as a tone wood is that it has "no resonant properties" or it resonates at frequencies that aren't musically useful.

I have no firsthand experience, thoguh, so you might as well try it and see how it goes.
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#11
The things I read on it is it has a very narrow resonance freq range. What ever that would entail. But it has very open pores so is hard to fill may not do very well with just clear coat.
#12
The wood you use for your guitar doesn't make as much diffrence as people seem to think. It'll give your tone a small amount of character in my mind. If you dont like it, then any half decent eq system will be able to "phase" it out just fine.

300 year old oak sounds sweet, do it. I love the look of old oak, and old redwood too.
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The things I read on it is it has a very narrow resonance freq range. What ever that would entail. But it has very open pores so is hard to fill may not do very well with just clear coat.

I'm thinking that since Oak would be preferable to plywood or MDF or fiberboard + the thinking that the Amp and PUs and electronics have far more impact on your tone, specifically electric guitars, that Oak would be just fine.

I'm just as curious as the next person to discover how this project will turn out; so, my best wishes to CobenBlack!

I suspect it'll be close to amazing, if CobenBlack has the woodworking chops. Good Luck!

#14
A few years late on this one but try birch. lt has a very close resemblance to maple both physically and tonally. Both give you a pronounced high end, and extended sustain. Birch also has a species with a curly figured grain and is very easily mistaken for maple when finished in trans color or stain finishes. The best part is birch is way cheaper.